Scholarship: Brother Cornelius Visual Art

Awards of $13,000 per year awarded to entering first time freshmen for each of four years of consecutive full-time study.

Please note the application opens in October 2021 for applicants for the Fall of 2022. The deadline for all submissions for next year is January 15, 2022.

These are the application materials required to apply:

  • An essay (<500 words), describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the scholarship (including AP courses).  We know you love making, looking at, and studying art so there is no need to use up your 500 words telling us! We are more interested in what motivates you about art to the degree that you would choose it as a major field of study.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or others addressing the applicant’s qualifications
  • For Art Practice applicants only:  


  • A public or private online portfolio of original artwork (artwork in digital or traditional mediums or video).
  • At least 5 but no more than 10 artworks for each submission. Please include a written list that corresponds to each artwork in your portfolio with Title, Medium, Size, Duration (if video/audio), and a short description of each artwork including information about your concepts and materials.


NOTE: There are no requirements for skills at all - that will not affect your candidacy. We are simply interested in your areas of expertise, interest, and experience. 

  • A list of software skills such as Adobe Creative Cloud or other software


  • Any experience with studio art skills such as drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, video/filmmaking, animation, photography, digital art, or installation art.

This is the URL to the application form:

Initial application process:

• Applicants must submit all application materials (Common Application, high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, ACT or SAT scores on or before the Early Action deadline of

November 15. However, applicants who meet the Jan 15 deadline will be given every consideration.

• Application materials for the specific awards (listed below) must be submitted via email to or by mail to Admissions Office, c/o Jenna Sciarrino, PO Box 4800, Moraga, CA 94575 on or before noon, December 1.

• Students with complete applications must interview on campus, or via Zoom. Scholarship Saturday interviews will be held on Saturday, 2/26/22

• Students may only apply for one departmental scholarship (i.e. all Liberal Arts, Accounting/Business, Physics and Mathematics scholarships or the Mentored Access to

Programs in Science/MAPS awards.)

Other information:

• These are merit scholarships awarded on determinations of academic and competitive ability, not financial need.

• All scholarships are applied against any demonstrated need first (as determined by the FAFSA) they cannot be “stacked” atop need-based Saint Mary’s scholarships once a financial aid award

has been mailed.

• Recipients must remain enrolled full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and must major in the respective departments to maintain their departmental scholarships.

• These departmental scholarships may be stacked with other merit scholarships, namely the Gael’s Scholar’s Award, Lasallian Leadership Award, Honors-at-Entrance Scholarship and the

Presidential Scholarship. However, an individual may receive no more than three of these merit-based institutional scholarships. The maximum amount of gift aid that a student can receive,

including Pell and Cal Grants, is the cost of tuition.

• All scholarships are renewable for three successive years of consecutive full-time study provided eligibility requirements and obligations are met.


The recipient must major in Art Practice or Art History and is expected to annually contribute in several capacities to the Art + Art History Department. Such contributions may include working closely with a faculty member as a production or research assistant on a visual art project, coordinating student exhibits, and leading the department’s art club.